The Last Knight: The Art, Armor, and Ambition of Maximilian I will examine the profound significance of European armor at the dawn of the Renaissance, through the lens of Emperor Maximilian I’s (1459–1519) remarkable life. On view only at The Met, The Last Knight will coincide with the five hundredth anniversary of Maximilian’s death, and is the most ambitious North American loan exhibition of European arms and armor in decades. Including more than 180 objects selected from some thirty public and private collections in Europe, the Middle East, and the United States, The Last Knight will explore how Maximilian’s unparalleled passion for the trappings and ideals of knighthood served his boundless worldly ambitions, imaginative stratagems, and resolute efforts to forge a lasting personal and family legacy.
This exhibition will feature many works of art on view outside Europe for the first time, including Maximilian’s own sumptuous armors that highlight his patronage of the greatest European armorers of his age, as well as related manuscripts, paintings, sculpture, glass, tapestry, and toys, all of which emphasize the emperor’s dynastic ambitions and the centrality of chivalry at the imperial court and beyond.
The exhibition is made possible by Jo Carole and Ronald S. Lauder.
Additional support is provided by Alice Cary Brown and W.L. Lyons Brown, the Sherman Fairchild Foundation, the Gail and Parker Gilbert Fund, Kathleen and Laird Landmann, and Marica and Jan Vilcek.
The catalogue is made possible by the Grancsay Fund, The Carl Otto von Kienbusch Memorial Fund, and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
At The Met Fifth Avenue October 7, 2019–January 5, 2020
PREVIEW DAY THURSDAY / OCTOBER 3
10:00 A.M.–5:30 P.M. For Members with Opening Nights and Patrons Free with Museum Membership Patrons and Members with Opening Nights are invited to preview the exhibition The Last Knight: The Art, Armor, and Ambition of Maximilian I at The Met Fifth Avenue before it opens to the public.
All Members Preview Day FRIDAY / OCTOBER 4
10:00 A.M.–9:00 P.M. For Museum Members
Free with Museum Membership
Members with Early Views, Members with Evening Hours, Members with Opening Nights, and Patrons are invited to preview the exhibition The Last Knight: The Art, Armor, and Ambition of Maximilian I at The Met Fifth Avenue before it opens to the public.